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Wednesday, 19 December, 2018

United up to second in league after win over Everton

Mark Hughes 1-5 to be next Premier League manager exit

Anthony Martial celebrates his goal for Manchester United
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Manchester United moved up to second in the Premier League with a deserved 2-0 win over Everton at Goodison Park.

Excellent second-half goals from Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard sealed an important triumph for United, who are 12 points behind leaders Manchester City. 

The success was achieved without the injured Romelu Lukaku but he is set to be sidelined only for one week as a precaution following his head injury against Southampton on Saturday. 

Liverpool maintained their push for a Champions League qualification spot with a last-gasp 2-1 victory at Burnley.

Jurgen Klopp, who went into battle without injured pair Mohamed Salah and Philippe Coutinho, was a relieved man when Ragnar Klavan grabbed a dramatic injury-time winner at Turf Moor.

Johann Gudmundsson had earlier cancelled out Sadio Mane's opener before Klavan's heroics as the Merseysiders maintained fourth place in the Premier League table. 

Sky Bet have slashed Mark Hughes to 1-5 to be the next Premier League manager to leave his current position after Stoke slumped to a 1-0 home loss to Newcastle with Ayoze Perez on target.

The result prompted angry scenes at the bet365 Stadium with some fans chanting for Hughes to go, while there were also banners demanding a change in the hotseat.

Stoke are just two points above the relegation zone and Hills rate the Potters 9-4 to drop out of the top flight.

Brighton and Bournemouth inched themselves closer to safety with a pulsating 2-2 draw. Albion twice led through Anthony Knockaert and Glenn Murray only for Steve Cook and Callum Wilson to pull the visitors level.

Leicester were comfortable 3-0 winners over Huddersfield. All three goals came in the second half for a Foxes side missing England international forward Jamie Vardy.

Riyad Mahrez opened the scoring after 53 minutes and his Algeria teammate Islam Slimani quickly doubled Leicester's advantage before Marc Albrighton added a late third.

Portuguese midfielder Adrien Silva finally made his Leicester debut after agreeing to join from Sporting in the summer only to miss the August transfer deadline by 14 seconds.


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Stoke are just two points above the relegation zone and Hills rate the Potters 9-4 to drop out of the top flight
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